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Bengals bytes (7/12): Bergeyized

Remembering Bill Bergey, one of the most fierce defenders to ever don Bengal stripes. Plus, an AFC North training camp preview; comparing Bill Belichick to the rest of the AFC coaches and more of today’s headlines.

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Bengals Bytes:

How Bengaldom got Bergeyized
The biggest Bill Bergey memory for Mike Brown is how they turned his name into a verb when it came to one of his signature all-out hits on Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw. “They said he ‘Bergeyized Bradshaw,’’’ Brown says. “He cracked him on a blitz or a running play, I forget which, but he looked like a steamroller going over the top of Bradshaw.”

Here some old highlights of Bergey, as well as that hit on Bradshaw:

Bengals bits: A look back at bad ’backer Bill Bergey - Dayton Daily News
Nominated earlier this year for the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta, Bergey lives outside of Philadelphia and is a member of the Eagles’ pre- and post-game radio and television crews.

AFC North training camp preview: Key issues, players to watch -
Will Jeremy Hill hold off Joe Mixon? How'll Martavis Bryant look after a one-year ban? Can Myles Garrett live up to the hype? What does Jeremy Maclin bring to Baltimore? Marc Sessler previews training camp across the AFC North.

Bengals are betting on speed in 2017
Cincinnati’s future was clear after the NFL draft, and it’s going to be fast. The pass protection woes of 2016 will likely veer their ugly head again this fall, but with more talent at the skill positions, the Bengals might be able to stave off any sort of regression in 2017.

Best case scenario for Cincinnati Bengals in 2017?
Willie McGinest breaks down the best case scenario for the Cincinnati Bengals in 2017.

Cincinnati Bengals' George Iloka spoofs R. Kelly in marriage proposal
Bengals safety, and true romantic, George Iloka popped the question to his girlfriend by remaking a sweet R&B song. It was music to her ears.

AFC North Bytes:

Daniel Jeremiah gives best case scenario for the 2017 Baltimore Ravens
Jeremiah spent several years with the Ravens scouting staff, when they were arguably at their height in the early 2000’s under Ozzie Newsome. As such, Jeremiah knows a thing or two about how Newsome builds his teams, and his opinions should be respected.

What’s up with Jabrill Peppers’ contract?
The Cleveland Browns’ second of three first-round draft picks, Jabrill Peppers, still has yet to sign his rookie contract. So, what’s going on and why? And what might it take to cool the impasse?

Steelers Fan Playa Hatin' Finals: No. 1 Vontaze Burfict vs No. 2 Tom Brady
Haters gonna hate.

Baltimore Ravens lucky to get help from run-game doctor Greg Roman
Greg Roman, who has a track record of revitalizing dormant running games, faces another challenge with the Baltimore Ravens.

Random Bytes:

Bill Belichick is a better head coach than the rest of the head coaches combined
Guess who owns half of the Lombardi trophies for all active head coaches? Bill Belichick has five Super Bowl victories, equal to the combination all other head coaches in the NFL (Mike McCarthy, Sean Payton, Mike Tomlin, John Harbaugh, and Pete Carroll). All six of these coaches were hired in 2010 or earlier.

Top 10 CFB RBs to watch in 2017
The running back spot is top-heavy this season but with just two players adding all the weight. LSU's Derrius Guice and Penn State's Saquon Barkley are getting a lot of love in scouting circles and when you spend any time watching their tape, you understand why.

The PFF Foundation Draft: Who would you choose to start a franchise?
If football were starting from scratch, who would you pick to start your team? How do you balance skill against age against position? Our PFF team gave it a shot.

Butch Jones has done a good job at Tennessee, despite how easy he is to joke about
He’s turned the Vols around on the field but has not connected with fans. And jokes about the Champions of Life belt will continue in this space at full throttle.

Adolphus Washington arrested for improperly carrying concealed firearm
Bills defensive lineman Adolphus Washington was arrested for improperly carrying a concealed firearm while at an Ohio water park. A lot of Bengals fans wanted to see the former Ohio State Buckeye end up in stripes. Well, he might at this rate, just not the orange ones.

Ranking all 32 first-round NFL draft picks based on snap count rate playing time in 2017
Will Browns fans get to see much of No. 1 pick Myles Garrett in 2017? How will offseason shoulder surgery affect Takkarist McKinley's on-field time in Atlanta? KC Joyner ranks all 32 players drafted in the first round and their projected snap-count rates.